Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 27th 2013 Contents A23
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Delta Healing and
Saturday 10th &
Sunday 11th August
For registration and details call: 663-8192 or 758-8521
M.Sc. in Counselling Psychology,
Azeem is a Psychologist and the
Program Director of world's First
and Unique Diploma course in
Psycho Analysis and Delta Healing
o ered by Tamil Nadu Physical
Education and Sports University,
TESTIMONIAL of healing sessions:
Antonia, San Fernando. I have been su ering with depression and panic attacks and
severe anxiety ... I instantly felt lighter and happier. .. now less anxious and stressed
Fareeda Ragoo from Dabadie,: I am able to heal the issues of childhood. .. is is the best
experience of life I had.
S.Khan from Princess Town: I am able to overcome the stage fright and increase
concentration and memory, the very next day.
K.H from San Fernando. I am able to become free from depression...overcome the regular
Lakshmin from Chaguanas. Regression has brought the missing pieces in the puzzle of
2 Day Workshop to create
Emotional Healers and
Scout Head Quarters
Circle Drive Lady Hailes Avenue,
Lots Nos. 26 & 27 West Winds, Off Manning Street, Diego Martin
Four Storey Six (6) Apartment Building on 15,101 Square Feet Leasehold Land
(979 years to run)
Lot No. 13 Homestead Gardens, Griffith Trace Extension, Cunupia
Comprising 73,109 Square Feet Land Only
Lot No. 6 Erin Road, Phillipine
3 Bedroom 2 Storeyed Residential / Commercial Building with Restaurant, Pool,
Gazebo on 1.2 Acres of Land
St. Paul Parish, Charlotteville, Tobago
929 Square Metres of Land Only -- Bounded by Charlotteville Estates Ltd
Lot No. 10, Road Reserve, Off Carnbee No. 1 Road, Carnbee, Tobago
Comprising 464.5 Square Metres Freehold Land Only
118 Eastern Main Road Arima (Opp. LP. #616)
Two Storey Residential / Commercial property on 11,500 Square Feet Land
El Quemado Perois Trace, Off El Quemado Road, Talparo
2 Contiguous Parcels of Agricultural Land Comprising 110 Acres 1 Rood 27
Perches Irregular In Shape With Shrubs and Trees.
10 Koon Koon Trace, Malabar, Arima
Single Storey Residential 3 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom on 5,086 Square Feet Land
Corner Malabar Road and Ackbarali Street East Malabar Arima
Consisting of 3 Apartment Buildings on 943.3 Square Metres Freehold Land
No. 2 (Lot E) Ali Mohammed Avenue, Batchyia Village, Penal
Incomplete 2 Storey House on 490 Square Metres Land
1135 Eastern Main Road, Manzanilla
Freehold Land Only Comprising 10 Acres 3 Roods 7 Perches
Kindly forward sealed offers in writing to:
THE CREDIT MANAGER
P.O BOX 1153, PORT OF SPAIN
"RE: OFFERS FOR SALE"
For further information kindly call 671-4747 at the above extensions.
"The Mortgagee does not bind itself to accept the highest or any offer.
Unsuitable offers will not be acknowledged".
So the Government and Oppo-
sition have met and come up
with several brilliant and innova-
tive ideas to combat crime!
According to newspaper reports
the State has declared war on
The PM has invoked the mem-
ory of Britain s war-time prime
minister (no, not Tony Blair!) but
Winston Churchill who, accord-
ing to one newspaper "famously
issued a call for bipartisan col-
laboration on the eve of World
Fighting words, except that Mr
Churchill did not become PM
until May 1940, some months
after the war started.
"I am committed to working
with the Opposition to fight
what I see as a war," said the
PM---the local one.
So much gun talk? Hear the
words. War! Fight! World War II!
One would think we are prepar-
ing for battle. So what are the
measures announced? Hear them
An increase in manpower for
the T&T Police Service! Again?
A rapid response unit! Again?
New vehicles! Again?
Expansion of the CCTV net-
A citizen security programme!
Again? A "new" system for
appointing the police commis-
sioner! Again? The strengthening
of the Police Complaints Author-
Mandate the East Port-of-
Spain Development Company to
develop and re-develop (!) the
area and to improve economic,
social and physical conditions of
the community! Again?
Resumption of hanging! Again?
Review of anti-gang legislation!
Again? Then there was a "sug-
gestion" to set up a parliamen-
tary standing committee on
crime suppression and security
but further old talk was needed.
Again? A one-strike and you
are out "proposal" to deny bail to
convicted criminals. Abolition of
trial by jury in relation to gun
and drug offences was men-
tioned, as was a new criminal
offence of witness-tampering and
intimidation. And then of course
somebody had to bring up the
Ryan report. Again?
I am surprised they did not
come up with "more jails." Pri-
vate ones run by a recently-set-
up company with links to local
security officers, of course. A gun
court like the failed one in
Jamaica, first established long,
long ago in 1974, would have
been held up as a brilliant new
idea by political groupies.
Then there is always the fall-
back on the regiment. Lock down
the whole of T&T! Again?
I am not an expert on police
work, but everything I have read
on the matter or discussed with
policemen or women arrives at
the same conclusion: community.
You cannot do police work
without the support of the com-
munity within which the police
work. You cannot do police work
without the police walking the
streets and knowing among
whom they walk.
So it was interesting to receive
an article from a friend of mine
and of T&T, Dr Lenny Bernstein
of Boston, written by Damien
Cave and published on August
17, in the New York Times, enti-
tled "Jamaica Fights to Break
Grip of Violent Past."
"Gunshots every night,
burned-down businesses and
corpses---up to a half-dozen a
day---used to define the neigh-
bourhood of Mountain View on
the eastern hillsides of Kingston,
Jamaica s capital. But not any
more. Now, the nights are filled
with barefoot soccer matches
under streetlights or block parties
that bring together former rivals
from local gangs. No one has
been murdered in Mountain View
for three years.
" The dark cloud is moving
away, said Keith Nugent, 76, a
tailor in the neighborhood who
counsels former criminals. Young
people here are beginning to
gravitate to a sense of life, and
"Jamaica is emerging as a rare
bright spot in the hub of the
fight against drugs and organised
crime that extends across South
America and the Caribbean. After
more than a decade fighting law-
lessness, with limited success,
this small island with a reputa-
tion for both carefree living and
bloodshed has begun to see
results. Jamaica s murder rate,
while still high, has fallen by 40
percent since 2009, and a
respected study recently reported
that Jamaica has fallen from one
of the more corrupt countries in
the Americas to one of the least."
And what has brought this
about? The new emphasis is on
"community policing, violence
reduction and combatting cor-
ruption." The US Department of
Justice defines community polic-
ing as "a collaboration between
the police and the community
that identifies and solves com-
With the police no longer the
sole guardians of law and order,
all members of the community
become active allies in the effort
to enhance the safety and quality
Without trust between police
and citizens, effective policing is
Instead of more police with
bigger guns and attack helicop-
ters (remember them?), in an
effort to discourage deadly armed
conflicts, Jamaican officers are
being issued utility belts with
only a baton and pepper spray.
The government has also "cre-
ated or strengthened anticorrup-
tion commissions to keep a close
watch on elected officials, con-
tracts and the police. Forensic
audits became required annually,
for senior officials and beat offi-
And laws have been toughened
so that those found with suspi-
cious windfalls must prove how
they obtained the money or else
be fired or prosecuted."
Now all that would be brilliant,
if not innovative.
So why not?
That is the question.
DAVID E BRATT, MD
JAMAICA DELIVERS RESULTS IN CRIME-FIGHT
Links Archive August 26th 2013 August 28th 2013 Navigation Previous Page Next Page